Senate Passes Bill Eliminating Trans Fats In Schools
SB-12-068 Bans Vegetable Shortening, Margarine, More
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The Colorado Senate voted for a bill on Monday banning trans fats from food served at schools.SB 12-068 requires the elimination of industrially produced trans-fats such as vegetable shortening, margarine or any type of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil that contains more than zero grams of trans-fat per serving, according to the American Heart Association."The American Heart Association is supporting efforts to eliminate trans-fats in Colorado school food programs," AHA Communications Director Sara Tobin said. "The AHA has long recognized the consumption of trans-fats as a health risk to Americans and has worked to encourage their removal from the restaurant and food industry.""The American Heart Association is advocating for the 68th Colorado Legislature to take a similar action and address the growing problem of overweight and obese children by improving nutrition in public schools and only serving trans-fat free foods," said Tobin.SB 12-068 requires the elimination of trans-fats in any meal provided by the school, such as breakfasts, al a carte items, vending machines and after-school snacks.If the bill passes its third reading in the Senate, it will go to the state House for debate.Read Senate Bill 12-068.